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Scientists have found another dangerous thing lack of sleep does to your brain

Persistent insomnia is even worse for you than you thought.<p>In addition to the weight gain, memory problems, inability to perform, depression, and increased cancer risk that come with sleep deprivation, it turns out that not getting enough sleep also allows neurotoxins to build up in your brain, …

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Understanding Brainwaves to Expand our Consciousness

The human brain is a complex entity constantly at work, sending electrical signals, communicating, building new neural connections and so on. This …

Astronomers discover 'monster black holes'

Discovery suggests there may be millions more 'supermassive' black holes in the universe than were previously thought<p>Five monster black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.<p>The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" …

Astrophysics

Which Way to Mars? Competing Visions for Missions Revive Debates

When will humans get to Mars? What path should they take? And can we afford the trip? These questions have been percolating since Project Apollo, but they're coming into sharper focus — partly because NASA is reviewing its long-term space exploration plans, and partly because there's a presidential …

Space Science

A Quantitative Description of the Sounds of Cracks During Roasting

Photo by Michael Allen Smith<p>A University of Texas acoustician with a personal passion for coffee has led research toward a potentially automated …

Hands-Free Aeropress? You Need to See this Gas-Powered Custom Machine

A sneek peek of the Brewbar’s custon Aeropress machine.<p>The founders of the mobile Brewbar in The Midlands of England have created a custom …

Immersion Drip Brewer How To

I've talked to many folks who have used french press as a way to start brewing fresh coffee by-the-cup and become more engaged and excited by the …

10 Best Coffee Grinders for Every Budget (Updated for 2018)

<i>Last Updated October, 2017: We’ve added other expert opinions on the 10 best coffee grinders as well as additional info on brewing better coffee.</i> …

Coffee

How to Brew the World’s Best Aeoropress: The 2014 World Champion’s Recipe

From left to right: Martin Karabiňoš, Shuichi Sasaki and Jeff Verellen. The 2014 World Aeropress Finalists. Photo by Luca Rossetti for the World …

Discovering Japanese Iced Coffee

My uncles recently reminded me that my grandfather drank iced coffee every day. Sometime before noon, the Giuliano household would make the switch …

World Coffee Research Director Tim Schilling Tells Us All About the Variety Intelligence Project

Photo by Dennis Tang<p><i>by Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog</i><p>I had the honor during this year’s SCAA Symposium of facilitating a panel discussion …

Todd Explains: The Dragon

Direct Trade Myths and Why Some Farmers Can’t Afford to Care About Quality

Creative Commons photo by Neil Palmer for CIAT<p><i>by Nora Burkey</i><p>Direct trade, albeit a fuzzy concept, is generally regarded as a positive and socially …

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Great coffee: It's all in the brewing

Espresso “has the potential to deliver more of the incredible taste and aroma of roasted coffee than any other method (of brewing),” wrote Jeffrey …

Coffee

Daibo Dreamed of Coffee - Roads & Kingdoms

It sounds like white noise, a gentle static barely perceptible over the din of Tokyo traffic that flashes by two floors below. But as you sit there …

Coffee

New Wave Coffee Culture in Colombia

<b>I love coffee…I mean really adore it.</b> I don’t need it to function (I don’t think I am in denial but who knows), but I genuinely love the flavor, the …

Coffee